NORTHROP - Madelia/ Truman leadoff batter Savannah Hodge and No. 2 hitter Ciera Drevlow kept reaching base, while teammates Sierra McCraw and Beth Kotewa kept driving them home on Tuesday in Northrop.
Hodge and Drevlow combined equally for four hits and four runs - the latter two via courtesy runner Brytni Drevlow, while McCraw and Kotewa produced five RBIs out of the Nos. 3 and 4 spots, respectively, to help the Jayhawks double up the Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Knights, 10-5, in nonconference softball action.
"We were so close, but left too many on base again today," Knight head coach Dave McKnight said in reference to his team's 11 stranded runners.
LEAPING CATCH — Madelia/Truman shortstop Briannia Pearson (front) leaps to get a glove on a high throw to second as Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain runner Maisie Bentz (28) slides in safely with a stolen base during nonconference softball action Tuesday in Northrop. Madelia/Truman second baseman Brianna Stevensen backs up the play as Jayhawk right fielder Stephanie Jahnz and umpire Joel Erdman watch the action. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
The Jayhawks left seven runners on base for the duration, but proved efficient in plating three runs during the top of the first inning.
Hodge and Ciera Drevlow each singled, with Hodge later crossing the plate on a wild pitch. Brytni Drevlow, who was running for catcher Ciera Drevlow, later scored on McCraw's RBI fielder's choice for a quick 2-0 lead.
ML/GHEC starting pitcher Amber Schulz got an infield popout before Hanna Hartman singled with two outs, stole second base and circled the bases on Briannia Pearson's RBI single back through the box.
The Knights, however, proved efficient in plating a solo run during the home half of the first as Kristi Oberdieck launched a two-out triple into the right-field corner and crossed the plate on a Jayhawk error.
M/T countered with a solo run in the second when Melody Colon walked with one out, took second on Hodge's fielder's choice and came home on Ciera Drevlow's RBI single for a 4-1 lead.
ML/GHEC, however, answered with two runs in the last half of the second to inch within one. Maisie Bentz drew a two-out walk, swiped second and scored on Payton Becker's RBI single to shallow center.
Kris Davis and Sadie Ziemer then reached on back-to-back infield errors to load the bases before Alexis Brummond singled home Bentz to slice the gap to 4-3.
McCraw and Kotewa, however, produced two-run hits in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, to extend the Jayhawks' margin.
Hodge doubled, Ciera Drevlow reached on an error before Hodge and Brytni Drevlow scored on McCraw's two-run single up the middle. Pearson later delivered an RBI fielder's choice in M/T's four-run fourth before another run scored on a wild pitch.
McCraw reached on a one-out error in the Jayhawks' sixth before trotting home when Kotewa hammered a two-run homer over the center-field fence.
The Knights manufactured a solo run via four walks without the benefit of a hit during the fourth.
Schulz drilled a leadoff double in the last of the seventh and eventually scored on Kris Davis' RBI single. Jayhawk centerfielder Sierra McCraw then thwarted the Knights' bases-loaded rally by gloving Ziemer's sinking liner to center and pegging a strike to second for a game-ending fielder's choice.
Kotewa struck out 12, walked seven and gave up five runs - two earned - on eight hits in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory for the Jayhawks.
Schulz allowed 10 runs - six earned - on 12 hits, walked three and struck out one in seven innings to absorb the loss for the Knights.
Hodge, Ciera Drevlow, Kotewa and Hartman each produced two hits for M/T, while Brummond went 2-for-2 for ML/GHEC.
Madelia/Truman (3-3) plays host to Alden-Conger on Thursday in Truman.
Martin Luther/GHEC (0-4) hits the road to Nicollet on Thursday.
MT 310 402 0 - 10 12 5
MLGHEC 120 100 1 - 5 8 3
Beth Kotewa (WP) and Ciera Drevlow. Amber Schulz (LP) and Alex Schuder, Alexis Brummond (2).
LOB-ML/GHEC 11; M/T 7. 2B-Savannah Hodge (MT), Brianna Stevensen (MT), Schulz (MLGHEC). 3B-Kristi Oberdieck (MLGHEC). HR-Kotewa (MT).
Martin County West 23, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 2 - Rebecca Steen and Jordan Gregory combined for eight hits and eight RBIs to power the Mavericks to a 23-2, five-inning rout over the Bulldogs during Valley Conference action Tuesday in Janesville.
Steen went 4-for-5 at the plate, including a pair of doubles, with a game-best five RBIs, while Gregory went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs.
Kate Thiesse and Molly Klima each contributed three hits to MCW's 21-hit offensive explosion. Thiesse collected two RBIs, while Klima doubled in one run.
Sierra Williamson went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs for the Mavericks, while Martha Olson delivered a three-run double.
Steen allowed one run on four hits, struck out six and walked two in three innings of work to earn the pitching victory.
Gregory gave up one run on four hits, struck out three and walked one in pitching the final two innings.
Martin County West (5-0, 3-0 Valley) travels to Lake Crystal on Thursday.
MCW 23(17) 10 - 23 21 1
JWP 10 0 01 - 2 8 5
Rebecca Steen (WP), Jordan Gregory (4) and Shawna Dressen. Laura Trahms (LP), Kaley Anderson (3) and Jacey Anderson.
Luverne 5, Fairmont 0 - Ace right-hander Ellen Dahl recorded 14 strikeouts to fuel a one-hit shutout pitching performance in guiding the Luverne Cardinals to a 5-0 nonconference victory over the visiting Fairmont Cardinals on Tuesday in Luverne.
Fairmont's Micaela Gochanour, who was inadvertently spiked while playing defense in the bottom of the sixth inning, lined a single in the top of the seventh inning to spoil Dahl's no-hit bid. Gochanour was removed for a pinch runner and later received six stitches for the injury.
Aly Eversman drew Dahl's only walk of the game, while Courtney Guetter reached on Luverne's only error of the outing.
Mikayla Krzywicki allowed five earned runs on seven hits, struck out two and walked one in six innings of work to take the loss for Fairmont.
Fairmont (3-3, 2-1 South Central) plays host to Blue Earth Area on Thursday.